Adding cloud accessibility to your data center isn’t a decision most IT directors and systems engineers enter into lightly. A few posts back in Five Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Centers, we shared five benefits of going hybrid within a data center environment. We only scratched the surface and are back with yet another five reasons why hybrid cloud has enterprise data centers looking beyond their four walls.
Five More Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Data Centers
- The Right Storage at the Right Price. Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits, data can be stored on the right type of storage media matching performance needs and cost characteristics. Use the storage location, either on-premises in NAS or object, or in the public cloud where it makes sense for the project and business. No more storing rarely accessed data on expensive disk or taking up room in your data center for data that doesn’t require performance.
- Always Available Data. When using technology that supports high availability (HA), data can always be available even when your technology fails you. Network outages, hardware node failures, and other occurrences that would typically cause disruptions do not stop data access for applications and users.
- Single Data Pool with Transparent Migration. Many fear creating even more storage silos when adding public cloud or even on-premises object storage to their storage arsenals. When adding the cloud, using a global namespace can eliminate these silos and create single pool of storage that allows transparent migration of data between resources.
- All-in-One-Place Storage Management Tools. Before the cloud, users of Avere’s FXT Edge filers praised their ability access a consolidated view of performance of all of their network-attached storage in one analytics tool. With the addition of cloud and on-prem object, this consolidate view stays including these new resources. New tools and modules are not needed to gain centralized storage management.
- Usage and Flow. The famous saying you can’t fix what you can’t measure certainly has its place in storage! Hybrid cloud infrastructures can be measured not only in terms of performance, but data access frequency. This helps you manage your resources by understand active and inactive storage areas. The data provided through the analytics tools that come with building a hybrid cloud data center using Avere lead to better storage purchasing and allocation decisions.
Evaluations have to take into account both quantitative and qualitative attributes. While many of the above may be qualitative, measure value can be easily projected via throughput and operations cost measurements. When it comes to cloud computing, it is easy to overlook some big opportunities for savings.
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